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Vernetta Walker

Lecturer; Chief Governance Officer and Vice President of Programs, BoardSource

Vernetta Walker leads BoardSource’s sector-wide initiatives on topics such as diversity, equity and inclusion, and board advocacy.

Walker is a frequent speaker on exceptional governance practices, board responsibilities and engagement, and strategies for transformative change and growth. Her clients have included the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, YMCA of the USA, The National Aquarium, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Independent Sector, and National Council of La Raza.

Prior to BoardSource, Walker served as associate general counsel for the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations. She was foundation advocacy counsel for the Alliance for Justice, and she practiced law for several years in Orlando, Florida. She also served as director of the Administration of Justice Grants Program for the Florida Bar Foundation.

In addition to her work at Columbia, Walker is also a faculty member of NeighborWorks America, where she received their Kenneth Jones/Tony Austin Excellence in Training Award.

Walker is a contributing author to Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals, a Jossey-Bass publication (2011), and Investing in Change: A Funder's Guide to Supporting Advocacy, an Alliance for Justice publication (2004).

She currently serves as co-chair of a new organization – The Young, Black and Giving Back Institute – and has served on several boards, including Lynx regional transportation authority, Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, and the Valencia Community College Advisory Board.


  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.A., University of Maryland, College Park